Netroots Nation: Speaker/Trainer Profile

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Jessica Semler


Jessica is an advocate and storyteller whose number one passion is smashing abortion stigma. Jessica became the first openly LGBTQ member of Etna Borough Council in 2020. She spearheaded the passing of an LGBTQ Inclusive Nondiscrimination Ordinance and the creation of the Etna Human Relations Commission and has assisted other local municipalities to do the same. Jessica believes local governments have a unique opportunity and responsibility to fight for equity and stand with their neighbors. Jessica also works for State Senator Lindsey Williams and advises her on LGBTQ and reproductive health issues. Jessica is the former President of the Young Dems of Allegheny County Jessica and former Public Affairs Director of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania & Western Pennsylvania Project Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, Association & PAC.

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